In my book there is the text:

A ladybug crawled up a blade of grass in front of me. I wondered if it was really a female. What would you call a male ladybug? Funny what you focus on when your life is about to end.

I can't understand question in bold. Can you give me answer or answers to that question so that I will be able to understand it, no matter it will be funny or not funny answers.

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Ladybug or ladybird is the common name for Coccinellidae, a family of beetles. They are named after "Our Lady" (Mary from Christianity), but like any species of beetle there are both male and female beetles. However "lady" in itself is a term for woman or female, so the idea of a 'male ladybug' creates a mild linguistic 'paradox'.

  • [there are both male and female, not have].
    – Lambie
    Feb 27, 2020 at 15:21

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